Learn More | Malta Innovation Summit

The Malta Innovation Summit brings together the top international and local innovators to discuss, learn and share best practices.


A gathering for top executives, educators, professionals, leaders, innovators, and CEOs who are constantly pushing innovation within their organisations.


The summit is aimed directly at accelerating the innovation movement – both internationally as well as locally in Malta. This is achieved by gathering all stakeholders and proving an inducive environment where they can share real-world experiences, ideas, trends, processes and best practices.


Attendees participate in a full day of keynotes, presentations, expert panels, workshops and networking opportunities that explore the best methods of adopting innovation in an organisation.

Rewire your brain to think and act innovatively.


Be inspired as world-renowned innovation practitioners explain real-world examples of innovation methodology.


Learn about the current disruptive technologies – Blockchain, Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence and many others.


Network with like-minded executives and learn their ways of approaching innovation in their own lives and organisations.

The 2018 Malta Innovation Summit is organised by Smart Studios together with a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers.


This conference knows its origins at NetRefer‘s offices in Msida, Malta in late 2016. NetRefer is a global leader in the provision of marketing. MIS was born out of the NetRefer team’s eagerness to learn and share innovation best practices, and to be creative in finding new ways of expressing this passion to learn and share.


The Malta Innovation Summit team aims to create a different conference environment where each attendee takes home his or her own approach to instill an innovative culture at a personal level, at an organisation level, at a local level, and also, at an international level.


While these types of conferences are usually organised by event planners and event organisational committees with no direct link to the subject matter, this one is led by volunteers who have an interest and are passionate about innovation.

“Innovation” is a word that is used and abused. Everyone wants to be innovative. Everyone claims to be innovative. Yet a lot of confusion exists on how to inspire and execute innovation effectively.


Most organisations have tried hard to be innovative. Some are happy with the results, and most others are still battling to fully or partially figure it out.


So what is the real definition of innovation? What are the best real-world examples of innovation? Are there methodologies and best practices we can adopt to be more innovative as a person, as an organisation, and as a nation?


The Malta Innovation Summit is directly aimed at answering these questions and triggering a mindset of innovation that all can benefit from.

Technology innovation Malta

“There is a big need for all stakeholders, especially those in Malta, to come together in one conference hall and lay the foundations for proper sharing of best practices.”

Malta Senglea Innovation Conference

“If paradise exists it might be Malta” – Huffington Post

Malta has a big potential to become a leading country in innovative areas, both where startups are concerned and through innovative initiatives from established companies and the government.


As it is showing in the field of blockchain, Malta has a set of unique characteristics that can marry prompt yet detailed legislation to a thriving ecosystem of stakeholders – making it the perfect innovation testbed.


While cities like Tel Aviv, London, Berlin and of course Silicon Valley are leading the race for the best innovation ecosystem, Malta’s recent past is a good indication that the seeds of a good startup ecosystem have been sown and it is now up to us, the stakeholders, to help it come into fruition.


More established companies in Malta have also refined their pitch to be able to compete internationally. Some were forced to do so, while others had leaders who had the foresight to instil an innovative culture within a growing organisation.


In the last 50 years since becoming an independent republic, Malta has continued to grow year on year, and establish itself as a hub for the IT Services, Financial Services, Remote Gaming, and Tourism sectors.

The success that came from these sectors in recent years can only be sustained if Malta adopts a more innovative culture at all levels.


Malta has an ambitious Research & Innovation Strategy 2020. The Maltese government has made a commitment with the European Commission that the R&D target will be revised upwards to 2% of GDP to contribute to the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation goals.


The government is putting more emphasis on directly promoting innovation. This falls under the Office of the Prime Minister, and has Hon. Silvio Schembri as the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation. Even government agencies like MITA, MCA, MCST, Malta Enterprise, University of Malta, and MCAST are pushing the innovation agenda across the island.


Activity of angel investors, incubators, accelerators and crowdfunding is increasing on the island.


The seeds are there for Malta to be THE premier Innovation Island. The Malta Innovation Summit is here to accelerate this.